Newcastle In Prime Position To Push For Champions League


There’s nothing like starting off your last 10 games of the season – the business end of the season – by winning five games in a row.

Jonas Gutierrez leads congratulations after great Ben Arfa strike

And that’s exactly what Newcastle have done,  after suffering a defeat at Arsenal with almost the last kick of the game, back on 12th March at the Emirates Stadium.

And Newcastle are surging when it counts,  and are currently in a Europa League place in 5th place – two points above money-bags Chelsea.

But if Newcastle can continue their sparkling form,  there’s no real reason why the lads cannot finish above both Chelsea and Tottenham,  and in 4th place in the league table.

Jonas Gutierrez has played his part this season, and has played in all but one of Newcastle’s league games so far, and in September of last year he signed an extension to his contract,  that will keep him on Tyneside through the summer of 2015.

That will be seven years he will have spent at Newcastle,  since he joined from Mallorca in the summer of 2008,  and the Argentine International seems  pleased with Newcastle’s recent surge:

“It’s good to have five wins in a row, especially with it being near the end of the season,” “It’s always difficult to get three points in this league whoever you are playing against.”

“So we should be proud of what we have achieved. There are not many teams who do this.”  “We are in a good position and we now have a couple of weeks before we play again.”

“Hopefully when we play Stoke after our break we can continue this form and keep it going until the end of the season.”

Jonas captained the Newcastle side while his Argentine team-mate, Fabricio Coloccini,  was out with a hamstring strain, but the Newcastle captain returned against Bolton Wanderers on Monday afternoon, and it was certainly a difficult game.

But some flair and brilliance once again from Ben Arfa, when the French international scored his 6th goal of the season after 73 minutes,  with some unbelievable skill, and  when we really needed the break-through, allowed Newcastle to go on and win the game 2-0.

In doing so Newcastle gained 3 points on Tottenham and 2 points on Chelsea last Monday.

Jonas admitted it wasn’t easy against the Trotters:

“It was really hard against Bolton,”  “They tried to be compact in the defence, so it was hard for us to get the first goal.”

“But Hatem scored a great goal for us and then the game opened up which made it easier for us.”

“We know we have quality in this squad and Hatem is one of our quality players.”  “He maybe didn’t have his best game overall, but he never stopped running.”

“And with that type of player you know he can always create something like that.”  “It was a great three points.”

We have to hope Newcastle can keep on their winning ways when we entertain Stoke City a week come Saturday, but the Potters are always a difficult team to play against, and get most of their goals from those set-plays.

Newcastle players have the rest of the week off,  and then report back for training on Saturday,  and they will have a full week to prepare for the Stoke game.

Another 3 points from that game and Newcastle could be flying even higher.

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134 comments so far

  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #1

    so ………………
    in order for the CL if we get it we need some prime signings

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  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #2

    soooooooo anyone notice the scouse here ( carroll 99)

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  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #3

    could someone tell me what the full lyrics to the guttierez song is please 😀

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  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Ohhhhhh Gutierrez
    From Buenos Aires
    Hes spiderman
    He’s our superhero playing down the left or right
    He’s wearing black and white and he’s f@king dynamite
    Ohhhhhhhhh Gutierrez

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  • GeordieAnt

    Apr 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #5

    7 years since he signed in 2008? Good maths there Ed lol. 😀

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Apr 11, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Spiderman can be altered to spidermag by some.

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  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #8

    2_goal_tino

    whats sounds better though spider mag or spiderman

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #9

    What a great season, and it’s not even over. We could finish with a couple draws and I’d be happy, but we won’t. Newcastle no doubt will fight for the fourth spot, and given the way Newcastle have done their business, it’s not impossible.

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #10

    @ GeordieAnt- He’s saying it will have been 7 years when his finishes in 2015.

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Spiderman sounds better and I always say that but I always seem to be surrounded by people who prefer mag.

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  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #12

    geordiejamie89
    we need to beat stoke just beat stoke thats all im thinking about. my mind is bent on it………..

    ( sorry im watching lord of the rings) while blogging too

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  • Cheickn Stevens

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Gutted about Vuckic being out for the season with a knee injury. So close to first team football!!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #14

    4nufc786 thats one of my favourite chants its up there with the ameobi song!

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  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #15

    u know what liverfool’s supporters refer to us these days???????????

    they call us the barcodes????????????

    why??????

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #16

    I think 5th is more realistic this season than 4th. Europa league would be difficult enough until the team has more quality in depth. Spurs will nip 4th and we’ll be in a battle for 5th against Chelsea. Fantastic season all in all. We still need a CB and at least 1 new winger even if Marveaux recovers completely. Santon is slowly becoming a very good LB as well.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Because the black and white shirts look like bar codes nufc786.

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  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #18

    toonarmydownsouth
    i know its great… to be fair we sung this alot in the championship i mean we still still sing it but very rarely… but god i miss it when all 50,000 of us sing its only a couple thousand sing it sometimes

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  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #20

    GeordieTwo
    “well i find that quite insulting being compared to a barcode……………….. its one of the most meanest insult i have ever heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” notice the sarcastic speech marks 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Ha ha found this on you tube looking for tge shola song! When the funk was shola on cribs? Man that boy loves hats!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WONemHpeB2Q&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #22

    ah cheers for the lyrics, cant get the tune out of my head like

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  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #23

    You put your left foot in, your left foot out,
    In out, In out, shake it all about,
    You do the Ameobi and you turn around, that’s what it’s all about – sing!
    Oh, Shola Ameobi,
    Oh, Shola Ameobi,
    Oh, Shola Ameobi,
    Knees bent, arms stretched – ra ra ra

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  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #24

    legendary song 😀

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  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #25

    also lyrics to pardew wonderland?

    i need to make sure i get them right 😀

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  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #26

    There’s only one Alan Pardew!
    One Alan Pardew!
    Walking along! Singing a song!
    Walking in a Pardew wonderland!!!”

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Vuckic out for the season.

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  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #28

    For anyone whos seen the muppets orange advert in the cinema 😀

    Phenomenon
    Hatem Ben Arfa
    Phenomenon
    Papiss Cisse
    Phenomenon
    guttierez, tiote, cabaye, and demba ba ba ba
    Phenomenonomenoma…

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #29

    There’s only one Bobby Robson,
    One Bobby Robson,
    Walking along, singing a song,
    Walking in a Robson wonderland!

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  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #30

    WWJBD
    original is best and will always be best sbr forever

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Anyone seen them new home and away Nike kits on twitter really nice, although doubt there real bcoz we have a deal with puma till 2014 don’t we

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  • nufc786

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #32

    davybtoon
    links????

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Nufc786
    Aye mate couldn’t agree more. Pardew is good but Sir Bobby is the best we have ever had imo god rest his soul

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #35

    No that’s not it I’ll have look n put them up

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Davyb your keeping us in suspense on purpose now lad!

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Nice shrirt that horrible affect on the stripes though, well I think anyway

    Tbh I like our current one quite a lot grew on me very quickly

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  • munch27

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #38

    Guys don’t mean to be pedantic but i think you will find A KK wonderland was the original (wish it was wor bob tho).

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #39

    37WWJBD aye tbf our current kit is the nicest weve had for a fair while to be honest i dont think clubs should be allowed to release 3 kits every season n charge 50 notes for them!

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  • pizzicatochan

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #40

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